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Jad Turjman

Jad Turjman

Born in Damascus in 1989, Turjman studied English literature and worked for the Damascus city administration until fleeing his country in 2014. Settling in Salzburg in 2015, he was employed by the Workers' Samaritan Foundation until 2018 and went on to work for the 'Heroes' project. His first book, “When the jasmine leaves – The story of my escape” (2019), became a success and Turjman has given countless public readings since its publication. He has been performing his first solo show – “Der Flüchtling Ihres Vertrauens” (The refugee of your trust) – since 2019. Most recently published: Der Geruch der Seele (2021).


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Coverabbildung von 'Wenn der Jasmin Wurzeln schlägt'

Jad Turjman - Wenn der Jasmin Wurzeln schlägt

Wie ich gelernt habe, die Heimat in mir zu finden

Jad Turjman erzählt in „Wenn der Jasmin Wurzeln schlägt“, wie es ihm erging, nachdem seine Flucht gelang und er in Österreich seine neue Heimat fand. Er reflektiert über die Unterschiede und Gemeinsamkeiten der Kulturen, in welche Fettnäpfchen ein Syrer durch den Mangel an Sprachkenntnissen treten kann und mit welchen Rassismen er konfrontiert ist. Natürlich werden auch Österreicher*innen und ihre Eigenheiten unter die Lupe genommen, der Blick von außen erweist sich oftmals als sehr erhellend. Turjman fragt, wie ein Mensch traumatische Erlebnisse verarbeiten kann, und beschreibt seine persönlichen Therapieerlebnisse. Das Folgebuch des Bestsellers „Wenn der Jasmin auswandert“ ist vielschichtig, humorvoll und tiefgehend.

Coverabbildung von 'Der Geruch der Seele'


A story of love in times of war and revolution

It's 2010 and the vibrant city of Damascus is full of life, but it’s the calm before the storm. Tarek, a Sunni Muslim, falls in love with Sanaa, who is Alevi. Against all odds, the two become a couple. But their secret meetings abruptly end when Tarek is called up. Through the military, he becomes entangled in acts of violence and antiques smuggling. He succeeds in fleeing to Europe, but when Sanaa tries to follow him, she is kidnapped by the IS and locked up. What Sanaa suffers in the IS prisons is based on authentic experiences, as Turjman cleverly weaves together fact and fiction to create a breathtaking novel that is highly relevant to our times.

Coverabbildung von 'Wenn der Jasmin auswandert'

Jad Turjman Karim El-Gawhary (Foreword by) - When the Jasmine leaves

The story of my escape

There is a longing. A longing for a certain sensation, for a home town called Damascus, for the smell of jasmine. Jad Turjman is a young Syrian who enjoys his life to the full until war breaks out. When his call-up order arrives, he is quick to decide: fleeing to Europe is his only option if he wants to escape certain death. His chosen path is risky and arduous, but he encounters five "guardian angels" along the way. Eventually Turjman arrives in a place that he did not seek, where he is able to plant his jasmine again. Jad Turjman describes his escape with unparalleled intensity and sharp humour, subjecting the reader to a roller-coaster of emotions. Breathtaking.